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KNPS Events Calendar listings accepted for native plant related events such as:

– Plant identification walks

 – Educational events

 – Work days

  – Native plant sales

  – Seed collection events

 – In-person and online presentations

 

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Events Calendar:

KC MO - DIY Native Landscape Design

Sponsors:  Deep Roots KC and Missouri Department of Conservation

Deep Roots – In-Person – DIY Native Landscape Design Presentation

Date and time: Saturday March 2, 2024 – 1pm-3:30pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110

Registration required (adults) 

Feeling inspired to start a native garden this spring? Learn various stages of native landscape design including where to draw inspiration from, how to select the right plants for your space and designing with intent. Enjoy an in-depth presentation from native plant experts and bring your gardening ideas to life during our in-person program.

After the presentation chat with local native plant experts from Deep Roots Nature Advisors, Burr Oak Ventures, City Roots, GardeNerd Consultation, Native Gardens LLC, Oak & iO, Sow Wild and more about your native garden goals! This program is in partnership with Deep Roots KC and Missouri Department of Conservation. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.

Cost: Free

Contact: Cydney Ross, cydney@deeprootskc.org, 816-808-7222

Link for more information: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/198393

 

Virtual - DIY Native Landscape Design

Sponsors:  Deep Roots KC and Missouri Department of Conservation

Virtual – DIY Native Landscape Design Presentation

Date and time: Saturday, March 2nd – 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Online

Registration required (adults)

Cold, quiet days are a great time to dream of what’s in store for your gardens this spring. Have you heard of “right plant, right place”? Understanding our natural plant communities and a little bit of planning can go a long way to create a successful native plant garden. Join us virtually to learn various stages of native landscape design including where to draw inspiration from, how to select the right plants for your space and designing with intent. This program is in partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation and Deep Roots KC.

Cost: Free

Contact: Cydney Ross, cydney@deeprootskc.org

Registration: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/1983

Topeka - Spring Lawns and Lawn Alternatives

Sponsor:  Shawnee County Extension – Master Gardeners

Date and time:  Saturday, March 14 – 7:00 pm
Location:  Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka

Maintaining a healthy, traditional turf grass lawn requires plenty of maintenance and supplemental in-puts like water, fertilizer and herbicides. This presentation will provide you with information on recommended spring lawn care practices and more ecologically friendly alternatives to traditional lawns.

Link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Beatc4LPDbU4Tfwe6

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Jennifer Leever, Master Gardener Coordinator, 785-232-0062 ext 107, jleever@ksu.edu

Link for more information: https://www.shawnee.k-state.edu/extension-master-gardener.html

Hesston - Prairie Pollinators - Winter Lecture

Sponsor:  Dyck Arboretum 

Winter Lecture Series – What Do Kansas Prairie Pollinators Need to Make It?

Date and time: Tuesday March 26, 2024 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 West Hickory Street, Hesston

Talk about the birds and the bees – and the bats and the ants. Shelly Wiggam is the new state coordinator for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas and was recently the manager of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Stewardship Initiative. Her PhD research investigated how both insect pollinators and plants responded to different rangeland management practices in the Flint Hills and beyond.

Fee: $5.00

Link to Register online for Winter Lecture Series

Link to view prior Lecture Series episodes on demand

Virtual - KS Forest Service Book Club - Mushrooms

Sponsor:  Kansas Forest Service

Kansas Forest Service Book Club – A New Guide to Kansas Mushrooms

Date and time: Friday April 19, 2024 – Register to choose time

Location: Virtual

Guest Speaker – Co-author Sherry Kay

Register here to receive a Zoom invitation to the talk

Link to prior Book Club Recorded Events

KC MO - Native Plant Sale - MO Prairie Foundation

Sponsor: Missouri Prairie Foundation

Date and time: Saturday April 20, 2024 and Saturday May 11, 2024 – 10am-2pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, KC, MO

Native plants beautify landscapes and help support songbirds and other cherished wildlife. Buy native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, sedges, and native seed from Grow Native! professional members.

Shoppers can stroll through the sale and purchase plants from each vendor. Shoppers can also pre-order plants and have their orders ready for pick up at the event. The following vendors are accepting pre-orders. When placing your pre-orders, please include your phone number and note that the order is for the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center sale on April 20

Vendors: Ozark Soul Native Plants, City Roots Nursery, Gaylena’s Garden,  and Sow Wild Natives.

Link to Vendors page to pre-order.

 

Manhattan - Konza Prairie Wildflower Walk

Sponsors:  Friends of the Konza Prairie and Konza Prairie Biological Station

Date and time: Sunday June 2, 2024 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Stone Barn of the Konza Prairie Headquarters

Groups of 10 people will be paired with a guide to hike the 1.5 mile Butterfly Hill trail (easy hike) located in the headquarters
area. You will find up to 50 different blooming wildflowers during this peak time of the spring bloom.

No reservations necessary, just come out!

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Konza Prairie, which works to support the educational program and general operations of
Konza Prairie.

The Stone Barn address is:  140 Konza Prairie Lane, Manhattan, KS

Map Link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZEy1hH75KDHHLbq78

Cost: $10/person or free for FOKP members.

Contact: Amy Meng, amymengphoto@gmail.com, 785-473-1359
Link for more information: https://keep.konza.k-state.edu/fokp/index.html

Scott City - KNPS Spring/Summer Board Meeting

Sponsor:  KNPS

Date and time: Friday June 7 – Sunday June 9, 2024

Save the Date! KNPS will hold its Spring/Summer Board Meeting and outings in west central Kansas in the Scott City area. Rain and snow received in this area since last fall should make for spectacular native plant discovery in June.

The Itinerary will be posted here, check back.

Wilson - KNPS Annual Wildflower Weekend

Sponsor:  KNPS

Date and time: Friday September 13 – Sunday September 15, 2024

KNPS will hold its Annual Wildflower Weekend – Membership and Board Meetings in the Wilson area in central KS. 

The Itinerary will be posted here.